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Pete Wernick Announces 2010 Bluegrass Jam Camps

By Mandolin Cafe
January 3, 2010 - 4:00 pm

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Peter Wernick

Peter Wernick

Niwot, Colo. — Pete Wernick ("Dr. Banjo") will bring his renowned Bluegrass Jam Camps to several communities across the country in 2010.

Jam Camp is geared to "closet pickers" of all bluegrass instruments.

"Many people want to start playing bluegrass, but they don't realize how easy it can be," says Wernick. "It's available for anyone, 8 to 88. They just need a little help."

Pete and his wife Joan show inexperienced players how to fit into bluegrass jam sessions and develop confidence in making music together.

Each camp (some of which precede bluegrass festivals) is a multi-day musical immersion, with hands-on instruction as students play in small groups. Participants are required only to be able to change smoothly between a few simple chords. A recent camper reports, "One of the best experiences in or out of music I have ever had!"

For intermediate players, Pete is also offering two intermediate level jam camp sessions this year:

(1) an intermediate track as part of his North Carolina camp; and

(2) a full-immersion intermediate/band skills camp in Loveland, Colorado.

Topics covered include band dynamics and backup, ear skills, musicianship, harmony singing, practice techniques, performing skills, breakout sessions for instrument instruction, and more.

2010 Bluegrass Jam Camps

March 26-28 in Boulder, CO, at the Boulder Inn
April 16-18 in Loveland, CO, Intermediate/Band Skills Camp at Sylvan Dale Ranch
April 26-29 in Boomer, NC, preceding MerleFest. Includes Intermediate Track
May 11-13 in Gettysburg, PA, preceding the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
(tentative) June 28-30 in Owensboro, KY, at the International Bluegrass Museum

For more information about any of the camps, including confirmations and additions, visit


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